News Release
 September 14, 2006
CONTACT: Tracy Pawelski


Williamsville, NY - TOPS Markets and Martin's Super Food Store are once again celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in a number of its stores beginning September 15 and continuing until October 15.

Six TOPS Markets and one Martin's will be participating in the celebration with special events scheduled for in the store, including Latino musicians and Hispanic food/recipe demonstrations. Children's activities are also planned including a scavenger hunt, coloring page contest and face painting. Check the following participating stores for their individual schedules of activities throughout the month:

§3980 Maple Road in Amherst

§425 Niagara Street in Buffalo

§345 Grant Street in Buffalo

§1275 Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo

§1460 S. Park Avenue in Buffalo

§3956 Vineyard Drive in Dunkirk (Martin's)

§285 Upper Falls Boulevard in Rochester

Display units illustrating Hispanic Heritage Month and highlighting Hispanic professionals within the Western New York community will be featured at the seven stores listed above. In Buffalo, these professionals include Ralph Hernandez, West District Representative for Buffalo Board of Education and Raul Vazquez, M.D., F.A.A.F.P. with Urban Family Practice in Buffalo. In Rochester, TOPS will recognize Hilda Rosario Escher, President and CEO of Ibero American Action League and Saul A. Maneiro, Program Manager for the Housing Council. Each of these professionals strives to build a better Latino community within Buffalo and Rochester through partnerships, services and advocacy.

In addition, copies of "Many Places, One People," created by the TOPS advertising department will be available to customers. This booklet informational booklet includes background on Hispanic Heritage month, recognition of local Hispanic community leaders and TOPS associates, as well as recipes.

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15, the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries - Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Also, Mexico declared independence on September 16 and Chile on September 18. More than 35 million people identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino on the 2000 United States Census.

TOPS Markets, LLC, headquartered in Williamsville, NY is one of four retail-operating companies under Ahold USA and is a division of Giant Food Stores in Carlisle, PA. TOPS currently operates 119 TOPS Markets and 4 Martin's Super Food Stores. With nearly 16,000 associates, TOPS serves a three state market area. For more information about TOPS Markets or Martin's Super Food Stores, visit the companies' websites at or


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